John Edward Williams (August 29, 1922 – March 3, 1994) was an American writer.
He had a Bachelor of Arts (1949) and Master of Arts (1950) degrees from the University of Denver, and a PhD in English literature (1954) from the University of Missouri. In 1955, he started working as assistant professor at the University of Denver, and became director of the creative-writing program in the institution. Williams retired from the University in 1985, and died of respiratory failure in 1994.
- National Book Award for Fiction, for Augustus, shared with Chimera by John Barth (1973)
- Nothing But the Night (1948)
- Butcher’s Crossing (1960)
- Stoner (1965)
- Augustus (1972)
- The Sleep of Reason (unfinished novel, published in two lengthy excerpts in Ploughshares and the Denver Quarterly in 1981 and 1986, respectively).
- The Broken Landscape: Poems (1949)
- The Necessary Lie (1965)